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SNP could stop fox hunting being brought back despite vowing to skip controversial voteThe SNP could stop fox hunting being brought back - even though it vowed to skip the controversial vote. A surprise move could trip up the Tories, who are demanding David Cameron gives them the chance to scrap the ban before the new hunting seaso

n starts this Autumn. With MPs allowed to vote with their consciences, the battle over axing Labours 2004 Hunting Act will be neck-and-neck. But pro-hunting Tories, including David Cameron, always relied on the left-wing SNP not taking part. The

Scottish nationalists said they would abstain because the law only applies to England and Wales. Hunting is already banned in Scotland. All smiles: But Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron will be at loggerheads (Image: REUTERS) Now, however, leader Nicola Sturgeon is indicating her party cou

ld deliver the Tories a humiliating Commons defeat. Pressed on the hunting ban, she wrote on Twitter: The SNP has not yet taken decision on this. We certainly dont agree with repealing ban. And the partys website offers a get-out clause by saying: SNP MPs will always be a voice for the protection of our environment and wildlife. With David Cameron commanding a majority of just 12 MPs, it would only take a few rebel Tories and a bloc vote from Labour and the SNP for the ban to stay. The Prime Minister is a big backer of hunting and claims its something a born and bred Londoner might struggle to understand. But 300,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for the ban to st

ay in place. Ceremony: Ex-environment secretary claims the ban is

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ot animal rights (Image: Reuters) Tory MPs have been calling for the vote to be held in the next few mon

ths, before the new hunting season begins in the Autumn. Simon Hart, a fo

rmer chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, told the Daily Mail: We need to get on with this. I am sure the Government will want to resolve the matter quickly and efficiently. Ex-environment secretary Owen Paterson, who once accused badge

rs of moving the goalposts during a controversial cu

ll, said he is confident it will be in the Queens Speech next w

eek. He said: This whole debate was never really about hunting or animal welfare, but about Labour MPs having a go at wha

t they thought was an easy Conservative target. Strong feelings: 300,000 people have now signed a petition against fox hunting And the Countryside Alliances campaigns director Tim Bonner said: We feel it is reasonable for this vote to take place as soon as possible. We are confident that once the issues are debated the majority of MPs will support repeal. The SNP has consistently said that it would abstain from a vote on hunting in England and Wales and that statement remains on its website. But the League Against Cruel Sports has declared the government will ignore the wishes of the majority of the people. A spokesman said The Hunting Act is supported by 80% of the British public and almost 70% of Conservative supporters. Upholding – or even better, strengthening - the law is the right thing to do. poll loadingShould Britain bring back fox hunting?10000+ VOTES SO FARYESNO Robbie Marsland, Director of League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, has called on SNP MPs to have their say. “We are pleased the SNP are carefully considering their approach to this important issue, he said. “While the League understands why the SNP has not traditionally voted on matters pertaining only to England and Wales, we also know that many SNP members want the party to be a progressive force in the UK. “The decision to repeal the Hunting Act will be made by the Conservatives, and we understand that, if it is carried, it will be on the back of Conservative votes. Live seat numbers326 needed for majority Conservatives Theresa May 365 Labour Jeremy Corbyn 202 snp Nicola Sturgeon 48 Lib Dems Tim Farron 11DUP8Sinn Fein7Plaid Cymru4Green1Spe

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